'Gridiron Gang: Special Edition' [Blu-ray]
(Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell, Leon Rippy, Kevin Dunn, et al / Blu-ray / PG-13 / (2006) 2018 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars in this gritty and inspirational movie based on a true story of a group of teenage delinquents given a second chance to redeem themselves by playing football.
Blu-ray Verdict: In the Kilpatrick juvenile detention center, the supervisor and former football player Sean Porter (Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson) sees the lack of discipline, self-esteem, union and perspective in the teenage interns and proposes to prepare a football team to play in one league. He is supported by his superiors and his successful experience changes the lives of many youngsters.
While watching 'Gridiron Gang' again, now out on Blu-ray with some great new special features, I commented to my GF that I was enjoying the movie in spite of being corny and predictable.
However, as the original 1992 Emmy®-winning documentary that inspired the film is included here, the one with the real Sean Porter and several interns, watching it also I quickly realized that this movie is not only based on a true story, but many lines of Johnson's are exactly the same said by Sean Porter in the documentary!
This revelation changed completely my first opinion, and I found this movie a great homage to a man that made the difference. The message about the importance of sports to aggregate men and make them winners in the essence of the word is beautiful and Johnson is amazing, giving credibility to his character in one of his best roles.
In short, there are funny parts, some sad parts, and some mighty fine uplifting parts. I was unsure if it would be worth my time, but I was not disappointed. Indeed, not only did the movie have a good message, but there were also some pretty cool football scenes. So check it out here on a brand new Blu-ray Special Edition from Mill Creek Entertainment as it's an awesome movie! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Commentary With the Writer and Director
Gridiron Gang Football training
Phil Joanou Profile
The Rock Takes the Field
The original 1992 Emmy® Award Winning Documentary that inspired the film, GRIDIRON GANG.